Tri-Village News

August 2013 murder

Police: Finding Cooke's killer is a 'top priority'


The investigation into the murder of Jennifer Cooke continues a year after her death.

Cooke, 35, was found stabbed multiple times in a second-floor bedroom of her Woodhill Drive home Aug. 11, 2013, a week after her birthday.

"We want the community to know that this is not a cold case," Grandview Heights police officer Janna Cohill said. "The investigation is active and we are continuing to review new evidence."

Police believe the murder "was not an isolated incident," Cohill said, but a suspect has not been named.

Cohill said she couldn't disclose more details due to the ongoing investigation.

Cooke's ex-husband, who found her car with the keys inside on a nearby road shortly after her body was discovered, was questioned as a "person of interest" during the initial days of the investigation, Cohill said.

Several agencies, including the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Columbus Division of Police and the FBI, have and are continuing to assist Grandview police with the investigation, she said.

Before any arrest is made, police want to make certain the evidence is in place to ensure a conviction, Cohill said.

"This case remains a top priority for us," she said.

Cooke's murder shook the Grandview community.

"I think people still think about it, but I don't think they live in fear," Cohill said. "Things have gone back to normal."